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W9r3 Completed- Thanks to Everyone in This Forum for All Your Help, Guidance and Plain Inspiration!


After a difficult W9r2 I listened to the advice and just concentrated on the 30 minutes of running without worrying about distance. Guess what, it was lovely sunny day again together with blue skies and the run was a pleasure once I got into my stride. Not only that, but although I did enough variations on a traditional route not to be able to estimate an accurate distance run, I still knew that I had covered more than 4 km. Was it a consequence of listening for the last time to the lovely Laura, and the accompanying music, in this superbly designed program to get you running for 30 minutes? We shall see as I will be trying the consolidation runs without headphones having bought a runner’s watch on eBay.

So this is the end of one journey and the start of another as I aim to do a park run without stopping, and hopefully less than 30 minutes. So thanks to everybody who urged me on and to those who just posted on the forum- you do not know how much you contributed to today's achievement. To those on the journey keep it up, it can be done.

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Well done Oldishrunner- now the fun begins!

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Tartancat

Too true. Looking forward to doing a Park Run. Thanks


Excellent work 🥇⭐️⭐️⭐️ So proud of you x

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to ButtercupKid

Thanks BK. You don't know Just how proud I feel.

ButtercupKidGraduate in reply to Oldishrunner

And so you should ! Massive congratulations x


Many congratulations on your graduation fellow runner.

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Keep running, keep smiling.

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to IannodaTruffe

Thanks. I have had a quick look at the link and there seems to be a lot of good advice. Hoping to do a Park Run in the New Year with consolidation runs till then. I shan't be disappearing.


Well done 🎉🥇😊

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Shelley2310

Thank you. Looking forward to seeing 'Graduate' next to my moniker!

Well done buddy. Outstanding work

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to pottsie1972

Thanks. As you probably know too, it is hard times but well worth it


Congratulations! You’ve also inspired may readers on your journey, there’s a lot of people that have watched you do this and thought that maybe they can too. I love the attitude that this is just the beginning... take a bit of time consolidating your level (advisable every few months of your running) and find that next start line. Celebrate well first, you deserve it.

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to UnfitNoMore

Thanks. I certainly shan't be stopping. I do not always enjoy the run itself, but that is mostly confined to the first 5 min or so except on occasions such as W9r2. Although even then I was pleased with myself at finishing the challenge.


I knew you’d do it! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 Hope you continue on this journey - it’s a bit scary out there without your coach but as we all said before “you can do it!” Now this is your plan so do with it what you will. Congratulations.

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Sybilw

Thanks. Aiming for a park run once i can do the 5K in 30 mins

SybilwGraduate in reply to Oldishrunner

If I wait for that I’ll never do one!! I’ve done 3 so far - you can start now and just watch your times drop as you improve. Just go for it!!


Congratulations!!! 😁🎉🏅🏃👍

Graduating before Christmas is great!

Happy running and enjoy your first parkrun. Bewarned u may get hooked 😂😁


Very well done, Oldishrunner...you can now bask in the glory of graduation.

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Andy14st9lbs

And polish the medal at the same time.


Congratulations on graduation, happy running!

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Hokitika

Thanks, much appreciated.


Well done Oldishrunner! 😸

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Katnap

Thanks. Now for the consolidation runs- aiming for a park run once I get closer to 5k in the 30 mins.

KatnapGraduate in reply to Oldishrunner

Some parkrunners take over 50 minutes. Give it a go anyway! 😸


Well done Graduate! ☺

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to Irish-John

That title sounds (looks) really great. Thanks

Irish-JohnGraduate in reply to Oldishrunner

It is great and you earned it :)


Way to go and congratulations!! Enjoy your celebrations on a job well done! 👏🏻👏🏻🏃🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to kwell39

Thanks for that.


Hey that’s fabulous. I remember the feeling when I did it in the summer. Felt invincible. It’s just such an achievement isn’t it. Very well done x

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to MelsieJay

Thanks. Aah the summer- can't wait.

MelsieJayGraduate in reply to Oldishrunner

Same. I have lost all my confidence since the leg break and scared of running outside this time of year. The gym is so boring and I am stuck after w6. All strength and stamina has gone on holiday and left me behind so I’m just doing little runs and waiting for it to come back

OldishrunnerGraduate in reply to MelsieJay

How did you do that? I’m fortunate that being retired I can run in the daylight so kerbs and potholes can be seen. How about venturing out on a weekend day? I’ll wave as we pass.

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